ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ) – For the second summer in a row, a section of road in Rochester Hills is closed for construction.

Tienken Road will be completely shut down — between Canyon Creek Drive and Rochester Road — for the duration of the work, Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson.

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Bryson said explained the plan is to add a continuous center left turn lane as well as a hill cut.

“Reducing a hill — right now there’s a relatively steep hill — will basically cut the top of the hill off on one side, so it’s a more gradual rise and will improve the sight distance for the road,” Bryson said.

Bryson said the $4.2 million dollar project is expected to be completed by the fall.

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“A brand-spankin’ new three-lane road will be smooth, it’ll be less congested — because there’ll be a center left turn lane,” he said.

For those who have to drive through the area, Bryson said there is a detour route that will ensure access to all residents and businesses during the project.

“So, even while it’s closed, if you need to go to a business within the closed section, you will be allowed to go through; if you live, you know, off of that section or along that section, you’ll be allowed to go through,” Bryson said. “It’s really closed to through traffic as opposed to local traffic going to a destination within the project area.”

In June, the resurfacing of Tienken between Livernois and Adams will begin. That section will also be closed during construction.

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